Dirk Reichert's date understands the impact of studs on her purse.

How to Put Studs on a Purse

by David Lipscomb

You might have a nicely broken-in purse in your closet, but its age or style might mean that you're completely bored with it. One easy way to add a little edgy style to that bag is through the addition of studs. Once these metal appliques are in place, your purse transforms from boring to bomb.

Determine the interval between studs with your measuring tape. This ensures precise placement of each piece of hardware.

Mark these spots with your tailor's chalk.

Press the tabs of the studs against the leather, leaving a mild impression. Don't bother trying to penetrate the piece with the tabs.

Puncture the leather on the depressions using your craft knife. Try to make each hole just large enough to allow the tabs to pop through.

Bend each tab flat inside the purse, using your needle-nose pliers.

Repeat the process until your purse matches your design vision.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Craft knife
  • Needle-nose pliers


  • This process works on any leather item, including heavy fabrics like denim or canvas.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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